At Fulda Family Chiropractic, our mission is to offer the best care possible in a manner that is specific to each patient's individual needs.
Dr. Graber is a board certified chiropractic neurologist. He received his neurology diplomate through the Carrick Institute of Neurology which enables him to better serve those suffering from chronic neurologic conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Vertigo/Dizziness, Neuropathy, Chronic Fatigue and a number of other conditions. He has advanced training in functional nutrition as well. He also has experience and training in treating patients who are suffering acute injuries such as whiplash trauma sustained in an auto accident, tension headaches, neck pain, back pain, ankle sprains, and many other conditions.
What is brain-based rehabilitation?
With the explosion in brain-based research in the 20th and 21st centuries we now know that the brain is plastic or modifiable (capable of change) at any age. We also have come to understand that the nervous system has supreme control over the musculoskeletal system as well as the organ systems in a precise manner. Specific parts of the brain are responsible for the well-being of certain regions of the body. Dysfunction in a particular brain region will then manifest itself in symptoms in the associated body areas. For example, an under-functioning cerebellum region of the brain may produce signs and symptoms related to neck pain due to the intimate control of tiny postural muscles in the neck. With brain-based rehabilitation the chiropractic neurologist will not only manually treat the area in question itself with physical medicine but will also "exercise" the deficient region of the brain to normalize function. Since the brain is plastic, with appropriate treatment it can attain optimal wellness. Treatments may entail specific types of eye movement exercises (known as "oculomotor rehabilitation"), balancing activities, oxygen supplementation, rotary activation (chair spins), eccentric fast stretching, cross cord mechanisms, therapeutic use of light, therapeutic use of sound, therapeutic use of smell, and physical activities using one side of the body.
How does Chiropractic Neurology differ from conventional neurology?
The conventional neurological approach involves the interpretation of data on a strict black and white scale. This system of analysis leaves an abundance of individuals manifesting symptomatic dysfunction "out of the loop" without a diagnosis and a well-structured treatment plan. The chiropractic neurological approach differs in that it interprets dysfunction on a functional continuum recognizing those individuals left in the gray area. In essence, the clinical findings and symptoms are reviewed with an intimate understanding of the neurology and physiology involved. The chiropractic neurologist then formulates a plan targeting the dysfunctional areas within the body and the nervous system. This means that through the utilization of a functional neurological approach, chiropractic neurology offers an exceptionally valuable option for certain patients that have been unable to obtain a named diagnosis or solution for their problem, especially in the case when a dysfunction, rather than a named process of pathology, exists.
Chiropractic neurologists do not prescribe drugs nor do they perform surgery. A much more intimate participation is taken in the functional rehabilitative care of the patient. Chiropractic neurologists are most often directly involved in performing and overseeing rehabilitation and treatment. This is a clear distinction from medical neurology which usually involves a more hands-off approach. Chiropractic neurologists often prefer to remain directly involved in the rehabilitation of their patient population so that they can appropriately fine tune rehabilitative procedures to the ever-changing, dynamic needs of the recovering patient.
Do you treat children?
Yes. In fact, it's just as important or even more important for a child to have a correctly aligned and properly functioning spine as they develop. This will ensure that the child does not develop any scoliotic curvatures and that their neurology is functioning optimally.
Can Chiropractic Neurology help sports injuries?
Yes! Different neurological techniques can be utilized to increase or decrease muscle tone in certain joints, reset musculoskeletal firing patterns, increase stability of the joint in question, and increase the communication between the brain and the body. The result is decreased healing time and a quick transition back to the sport of choice. In addition, a cutting edge neurological procedure termed motor imaging technique is being utilized to improve the speed of nerve firing patterns of particular sporting moves such as a forehand in tennis or a putting movement in golf.
What training does a Chiropractic Neurologist receive?
The chiropractic neurologist must complete a specific three-year, 300 hour post-graduate fellowship in the field of neurology. This is the same level of training that the medical neurologists receive with much more emphasis on neurophysiology and functional rehabilitation. In addition, subsequent written, practicum, and oral examinations conducted by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board must be passed to attain active licensure. The ACNB is recognized by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Neurology and is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certification Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). All this training is in addition to the basic four-year doctorate training and subsequent passing of National and State Board examinations that all general chiropractors must pass to practice. As you can see, Chiropractic Neurologists receive rigorous training and are ready to serve all your healthcare needs.
What is a chiropractic adjustment (manipulation)?
The joints in the human frame are lined with tiny pressure-sensitive sensors called mechanoreceptors. Upon movement, if the joints are in proper alignment the mechanoreceptors will be compressed and subsequently send stimulating nerve impulses to the brain. Your brain depends on this nerve stimulation from the joints of the body for its health and well-being and to assure optimal neurological function. Reciprocally, there are nerve impulses that are sent back to the actual joint from the brain to stimulate the local muscles. This reflex actually helps to stabilize and strengthen the joint and slow down the progression of arthritis. Chiropractic neurologists locate the joints that are out of proper alignment and restore proper motion through a gentle impulse placed on the joint. The adjustment usually produces a feeling of euphoria and well-being as the brain is stimulated and the joint improves in function.
Diversified Method - This is the traditional "hands on" Chiropractic adjustment.
The Arthrostim - This is an electrical instrument that gives 12-14 impulses per second into the joints and surrounding musculature.
The Vibracussor - This instrument saturates the tissues with a combination of vibration and percussion. It feels great, and helps to increase blood and lymph flow in the tissues. It also helps to break up adhesions left in the muscles from old chronic injuries.
Unilateral Adjustments - This is a method of adjusting the spine designed to stimulate proper cortical or cerebellar function. This is most commonly used in conjunction with Brain Based Therapy to treat chronic neurologic conditions.
Whole Body Vibration - This is a true vertical vibration platform that the patient stands on. It sends vertical vibrations throughout the body helping to increase blood and lymph flow throughout the body. It results in thousands of reflexive muscle reactions per minute leading to increased muscle strength and tone. It is also used to increase stimulation to the nerves. For more information visit www.theravibeusa.com
What physically happens to my body and brain after a Chiropractic Neurological treatment?
The joint in question begins to function appropriately with less restriction. There is less irritation placed on the surrounding neurovascular structures. The muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint attain a new, healthier position which minimizes the chance of strain and increases joint stability. The nervous system gets stimulated from the sensors on the joint being turned on and from brain-based exercises. Actual DNA changes occur at the level of the nerve cell which increases protein production, essentially making the nerve cell much more efficient. This occurs along the specific neurological pathway that was found deficient in the examination and which may be producing the symptoms in question. Lastly, endorphins are released which produces a sense of euphoria.
What if I have a unique condition?
Most conditions respond very favorably to chiropractic neurological treatment due to the fact that the focus is not placed on a diagnosis but on the neurological and physiological dysfunction. Every condition we treat is a unique condition in that every patient's physiology is different. We take pride in treating undiagnosed, difficult disorders.